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From: Jennifer Bates <jbates@nrao.edu>
Date: Thu, Dec 8, 2022 at 12:58 PM
Subject: Student Funding Opportunities
To: Jennifer Bates <jbates@nrao.edu>

Good afternoon RADIAL Partners,

I hope you are well. Please see full descriptions for student funding opportunities listed below. Please share widely within your department/institution. Feel free to email me with questions or concerns.





The University of Wisconsin Madison (UW) Astronomy Department, in collaboration with the Astrophysics Group of the UW Physics Department, will host a Research and Training Experience for Undergraduates Program in Astronomy and Astrophysics for six RADIAL under-represented minority1 (URM) students in Madison, WI, for ten weeks from May 29th to August 4th, 2023.


Students will be mentored by UW Dean of the College of Letters and Sciences, Prof. Eric Wilcots, and other leading UW astronomy and astrophysics researchers, in data-intensive projects focused on radio astronomy, specifically radio galaxies and radio jets. 


At this time, UW plans to host this RTE Program in Madison, WI, but depending on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic during the summer, the program may be converted to a virtual-only program. Given the ongoing uncertainty due to Covid-19, these dates are also subject to change, and should be taken as a general guideline only.


The program includes a directed research project, an engaging weekly lecture series, professional development workshops, organized weekend field trips, and other less structured social events such as Summerfest in Milwaukee. Students will also be encouraged to participate in the successful (and fun!) NSF/Wisconsin outreach program Universe in the Park (pending state of the COVID-19 pandemic during the summer of 2022).


The UW Program includes a stipend and food allowance of ~ $6,800, as well as reasonable travel expenses to/from Madison, WI. Students will be housed as a cohort and with those participating in other summer research programs, and will access to campus recreational facilities, from the library to sailing on Lake Mendota.


Participants must be citizens, permanent residents of the US or possess a valid US visa, and an undergraduate student registered for a STEM degree at one of the RADIAL partner institutions.


Applications are available at https://www.nrao.edu/php/ and students should be sure to select the ‘RADIAL’ checkbox under the ‘Program’ section. Deadline for applications is 11:59pm ET on February 1, 2023.


Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, and women.


Spectrum X REU at Home Institution:

SpectrumX REU Application for Academic Year 2022-2023.

The world is facing a challenge, and most people are unaware of it. Our limited spectrum resource has seen increasing demand, and we need to identify more efficient and effective ways to utilize our spectrum use. What is spectrum? - the unseen radio frequencies that wireless signals travel over. Think of all the items you use daily that require using spectrum - phone, tv, microwave, garage door, internet, and calling an uber. 


How would you like to be part of the solution? During the academic year, you have the opportunity to work alongside experts researching expanding wireless applications, advancing radio science and technology, using data-driven and automated spectrum management to resolve future conflicts, and improving regulatory procedures through economics and policy investigations. SpectrumX an NSF Spectrum Innovation Center of a diverse and interdisciplinary group of scientists, engineers, and educators with backgrounds in EE, CS, Aero, Astronomy, Geoscience, Economics, Policy, and Workforce Development. SpectrumX brings together a team of 41 founding researchers and staff from 27 universities.


Student Benefits:


Faculty Benefits:


Submit your application today, space is limited.



  1. There is no deadline. Applications will be considered on a rolling, first-come basis.

  2. The $8k stipend was contemplated for a full summer of work, or a full fall + spring effort. We would need to consider the proposed project and proposed effort to right-size the stipend (e.g. full spring effort @ $4k). If the student and faculty want to propose working into the summer or next fall, that would be considered on a case by case basis.

  3. Every project at each school/student/faculty will be custom and different. We cannot solicit sample projects from each school in advance of a student's interest.

  4. No prerequisites; however, there is an essential matching function that must occur. Students must find a faculty researcher mentor who will guide the project. That project should be matched to a faculty and student's interests and be appropriate for the level of experience that the student brings to the table. 



**Although Project RADIAL is not officially connected to the National Data Mine, we are exploring opportunities of overlap and intersection. More to come!**


National Data Mine:

 NSF Funded National Data Mine Network 



Details about the National Data Mine Network:


Criteria for eligible students include:

A list of many MSIs is given here: https://www2.ed.gov/  (but please inquire if there is any doubt about such classifications or eligibility)


Role of faculty members:


All questions are welcome! For questions about this opportunity, please reply to:  ndmn@lists.purdue.edu